EIFF 2009 Preview: Wide Open Spaces

9 Jun

Updated: 18 June 2009Wide Open Spaces review

I’ve a sneaky feeling Wide Open Spaces, showing as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009, could be brilliant: it’s written by one half of the writing team behind Father Ted, stars one of the cast of Father Ted and has a suitably odd premise that might just work. I was wrong: it’s really rather terrible.

Written by Arthur Matthews, the film revolves around dissipated semi-intellectual Myles (Ardal O’Hanlon) and excitable, none-too-bright Austin (Ewen Bremner) who are enlisted by a dodgy entrepreneur to construct a tourist monument to their nation’s darkest days.

There’s a Facebook page open for business and the world premiere of the film takes place at Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema on Saturday 20 June at 7pm – full details can be found over at the EIFF website. Here’s a look at the film which gives a sense of its style:


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